2743 Tasting Notes

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drank Irish Breakfast by Harney & Sons
2743 tasting notes

Tea of the morning here. I had this before I went on an interview this morning for a 4 month consulting gig. I’m not even sure I want the job, but I suppose I need to start doing something soon. Anyway we shall see…. this is a nice strong malty assam blend. It’s good for breakfast time. :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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77
drank Strawberry Exotica by Tiesta Tea
2743 tasting notes

Part of an order that I received from Tiesta Tea yesterday. Shipping was slow, the post office was partly to blame, and when I inquired about the slow shipping time, Tiesta refunded the money that I paid on shipping for this. I thought that was good of them.

Now I don’t have any fruity white teas in my stash for some reason, and was looking forward to trying this one. It’s the second cup I’ve had this afternoon. With a name like “Strawberry Exotica”, I was really hoping for something huge in the strawberry department. This is definitely sweet (from the white tea) and fruity. I would say there’s as much mango and pineapple in here as strawberry, but it’s a pleasant flavor for sure. Not exactly what I was expecting, but not bad either. It’s a lightly flavored tropical white tea. I will need to try this cold brewed someday, me thinks. Maybe that will bring out even more fruitiness.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Sippin' Pretty by T-We Tea
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Ah… this is a beautify-full and fragrant herbal blend that I just blogged about today so you can read all the details here:

http://teabre.ws/1sjcJc3

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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75
drank Green Darjeeling by Kusmi Tea
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This works well for me as a cold brew. The flavor is still light, but when cold brewed the floral elements become more prominent with some nutty notes. I think I prefer this cold brewed over drinking it hot, which is nice. Now I know how to drink the remaining bags… :)

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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68
drank Jolly Green Kiwi by Tiesta Tea
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I’m not sure why the eff it’s so hot here today, but this is a good tea when it’s made strong and then poured over ice, refreshing!

Tabby

I still don’t trust this company after the way they made all those fake accounts to review their stuff…

TeaBrat

Oh wow, I must have missed that! eeek

TeaBrat

Sheesh. I am sorry, I just ordered a bunch of their other teas, oh well

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90
drank Star Spangled Chai by The Devotea
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I feel like such a wastrel. My day hasn’t been too productive as I went to the physical therapist and ended up in too much pain as they tried to push my arm/shoulder into moving more. Ultimately it’s good for me but ouch…. I needed some pain medication after my appt. and it was all downhill from there.

Anyway I just woke up from a nap and decided I needed some caffeine to revive me so I’m finishing off this sample from the Devotea. This is a unique chai because it has star anise in it, which gives a spicy licorice type of flavor. I just googled star anise and it’s supposed to be good for cold and flu season which would make this a nice thing to have around in the winter time. Right now it’s delicious with some soymilk and a teaspoon of coconut sugar. Deeee-licious and fragrant!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Anlina

That sounds delicious. I’ve been wanting to try a chai with a lot of licorice flavour in it.

TeaBrat

you should check it out!

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84
drank Peppermint tea by Twinings
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I cold brewed 4 teabags of this overnight in my iced tea pitcher. I like peppermint and I think this will be nice for the warm weather we are currently having :)

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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75
drank Green Darjeeling by Kusmi Tea
2743 tasting notes

I’m back from the Bi Rite grocery store in SF. I didn’t buy any wine (good for me) but I bought more tea which I probably don’t need (bad for me!!)

Well, I don’t have any green darjeeling teas so somehow felt I was able to justify this. I’m a little bit underwhelmed by this blend. I was hoping for a lot of flavor but it’s fairly light. It has a nice vegetal sweetness with some floral notes and a definite “bite” at the end which seems sort of citrusy and reminds me of lemon. I really think I need to try cold brewing this, some amazing flavors might come out of the cold brew. For a green tea, it’s ok but now I wish I didn’t have a whole box of it. I should have known better since my experiences with Kusmi have been very hit or miss.

p.s. Review is for the muslin sachets and I got a decent 2nd steep out of this

Flavors: Flowers, Lemon

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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73

This is a good tulsi blend, in my opinion. You wouldn’t think that caffeine and tulsi go together but somehow it seems to work here. I only wish they sold this in loose leaf form. Of course, it’s easy enough to put your own tulsi in black tea, and sometimes I do that as well.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec
Stephanie

I’ve got some tulsi growing that I should probably dry soon and try mixing with tea :)

TeaBrat

Neat! Let me know how it turns out…

Stephanie

I will! :D

gmathis

What kind of black tea do you think would be a good tulsi base?

TeaBrat

gmathis – I have used assam with good results

Indigobloom

We have basil at home, I should try that!!

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Hobbies include: tea, making art, animals, vegan things, buddhism, nature, creativity, books, writing, cooking, meditation, yoga.

I am a fan of many different teas but my favorites are blacks and oolongs, chai, also like darjeeling and pu-erh. I’n always learning and expanding my horizons!

Dislikes include: bergamot, jasmine, highly tannic or bitter teas, overly judgmental and bitter people. :)

Live in San Francisco, I’m a SINK (single income, no kids) and love the urban life, but traveling out to the middle of nowhere is always fun too.

I tend to not drink things I know I will hate so a lot of my tea ratings are on the higher side. Here’s my rating system, sorta

95-100 I love this tea and would like to keep it around

94-90 An excellent tea which I may or may not repurchase

89-80 Pretty good, above average

79-70 Acceptable

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